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Albert Pujols

Albert Pujols
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Pujols with the Angels in 2017
Los Angeles Angels - No. 5
First baseman
Born: (1980-01-16) January 16, 1980 (age 38)
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 2, 2001, for the St. Louis Cardinals
MLB statistics
(through July 11, 2018)
Batting average .303
Hits 3,055
Home runs 630
Runs batted in 1,970
Career highlights and awards

José Alberto Pujols Alcántara (born January 16, 1980) is a Dominican American professional baseball first baseman for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played 11 seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals, with whom he was a three-time National League (NL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) (2005, 2008, 2009) and nine-time All-Star (2001, 2003-2010). He made his 10th All-Star appearance with the Angels in 2015. A right-handed batter and thrower, Pujols stands 6 feet 3 inches (1.91 m) tall and weighs 240 pounds (110 kg).

Pujols was born in the Dominican Republic and moved to the United States in 1996. After one season of college baseball, he was selected by the Cardinals in the 13th round of the 1999 MLB draft. As a rookie for the Cardinals in 2001, he was unanimously voted the NL Rookie of the Year. Pujols played for the Cardinals for 11 seasons, contributing to two World Series championships in 2006 and 2011. After the 2011 season, Pujols became a free agent and signed a 10-year contract with the Angels.

Pujols is a highly regarded hitter who has shown a "combination of contact hitting ability, patience and raw power."[1][2][3] He is a six-time Silver Slugger who has twice led the NL in home runs, and he has also led the NL once each in batting average, doubles and RBI. He is significantly above-average in career regular season batting average (.305), walk rate (11.2 percent) and Isolated Power (.256).[4][5][6] He currently holds the MLB all-time record for most times grounded into a double play (366).[7] With fourteen seasons of 100 or more RBI produced, he is tied with Alex Rodriguez for most in MLB history. Pujols got his 3,000th career hit on May 4, 2018, becoming just the 32nd player in MLB history to do so.[8] Pujols also became only the fourth member of the 3,000-hit club to also hit 600 home runs, joining Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, and Alex Rodriguez in this exclusive club.[8] He is considered a strong future candidate for the Hall of Fame.[9][10][11]

Early life and career

Born on January 16, 1980, Pujols was raised in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, mostly by his grandmother, America Pujols, and 10 of his uncles and aunts. He was an only child. His father, Bienvenido Pujols, was a softball pitcher, but he was also an alcoholic. Albert often had to take his father home when his father got drunk following the games. Growing up, Pujols practiced baseball using limes for balls and a milk carton for a glove.[12] Pujols, his father and his grandmother immigrated in 1996 to New York City, where Albert witnessed a shooting at a grocery store. Partly because of the shooting, they moved to Independence, Missouri, two months later to join some relatives.[12][13][14]

Pujols played baseball at Fort Osage High School in Independence and was named an All-State athlete twice.[15] As a senior, he was walked 55 times in protest because opposing coaches believed he was older than 18, but he still hit eight home runs in 33 at bats. One of his home runs travelled 450 feet.[12] After graduating from high school a semester early in December 1998, he was given a baseball scholarship to Maple Woods Community College.[15] Pujols hit a grand slam and turned an unassisted triple play in the first game of his only college season.[16] Playing shortstop, he batted .461 with 22 home runs as a freshman before deciding to enter the Major League Baseball (MLB) draft.[12]

Professional baseball career

Minor league career

Few teams were interested in Pujols because of uncertainty about his age, which position he would play, and his build.[12][16]Tampa Bay Rays scout Fernando Arango recommended that his team sign Pujols, and quit his job when Tampa Bay failed to do so.[17] Pujols was not drafted until the 13th round of the 1999 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft, when the St. Louis Cardinals selected him with the 402nd overall pick.[18] Pujols initially turned down a $10,000 bonus and spent the summer playing for the Hays Larks of the Jayhawk Collegiate League (a summer league in the National Baseball Congress); his total of 48 runs batted in (RBI) with the team was tied for ninth with Tyler Wasserman in Larks' history.[19] When the Cardinals increased their bonus offer to $60,000, he signed.[16]

Pujols began his minor league career in 2000 playing third base with the Peoria Chiefs of the single-A Midwest League. He batted .324 with 128 hits, 32 doubles, six triples, 17 home runs and 84 RBI, in 109 games. He finished second in the league in batting (behind Ryan Gripp), tied for ninth in doubles (with Andrew Beattie and Justin Leone), tied for fourth in triples (with six other players), tied for sixth in home runs (with Shawn McCorkle and Lance Burkhart) and sixth in RBI.[20] He was voted the league's Most Valuable Player and named to the All-Star team.[21] Pujols also played 21 games with the Potomac Cannons in the high-A Carolina League that year, batting .284 with 23 hits, eight doubles, one triple, two home runs and 10 RBI. He finished the 2000 season with the Memphis Redbirds in the AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL), and after appearing in three regular season games with them, he batted .367 in the playoffs and was named the postseason Most Valuable Player (MVP) as the Redbirds won their first PCL title.[12][22][23]

St. Louis Cardinals (2001-2011)

Early career (2001-2003)

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Pujols preparing to hit

During spring training in 2001, incumbent first baseman Mark McGwire said to Cardinals manager Tony La Russa that if he did not promote Pujols to the major league roster, "it might be one of the worst moves you make in your career."[24] La Russa later recounted the "myth" that Pujols only made the Opening Day roster in 2001 because Bobby Bonilla was injured. According to La Russa, he and the rest of Cardinals management were impressed enough by Pujols that they decided to promote him to the big league club even before Bonilla's injury.[25] Although the team did not require Pujols to fill any particular position, the Cardinals activated him to the Opening Day roster, and he started all season at either third base, right field, left field, or first base.[26]

On Opening Day against the Colorado Rockies on April 2, he recorded his first career hit, a single against pitcher Mike Hampton in an 8-0 loss.[27] Four days later, he had three hits and three RBI - including his first home run - against the Arizona Diamondbacks' Armando Reynoso in a 12-9 win.[28] Through 2015, he was one of three players to hit 20 or more home runs in their rookie year before July, along with Wally Berger (1930) and Joc Pederson (2015).[29]

At midseason, Pujols became the first Cardinals' rookie since Luis Arroyo in 1955 to make the All-Star Game.[15] He finished the season batting .329 (sixth in the league) with 194 hits (fifth in the league), 47 doubles (fifth in the league), 37 home runs and 112 runs. His 37 home runs led the Cardinals, topping Jim Edmonds's 30 and McGwire's 29.[30] He was named the National League (NL) Silver Slugger Award winner for the third base position, and he finished fourth in NL Most Valuable Player (MVP) voting, behind Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Luis Gonzalez.[15][31] He was unanimously named the NL Rookie of the Year after setting an NL rookie record with 130 RBI (fifth in the league) and becoming the fourth MLB rookie to hit .300 with 30 home runs, 100 runs and 100 RBI.[32]

The Cardinals finished the 2001 season with a 93-69 record and advanced to the playoffs as a wild card team.[33] The team won the NL wild card round and advanced to the NL Division Series (NLDS).[34] In Game 2 on October 10, Pujols hit a game-winning two-run home run against Diamondbacks pitcher Randy Johnson in a 4-1 victory.[35] The Cardinals, however, were eliminated in five games, and Pujols had just two hits in 18 at-bats.[15][36]

After playing several positions in 2001, Pujols spent most of 2002 in left field.[37] He began the season batting cleanup but was moved in May to the third spot in the lineup, where he remained for the rest of his Cardinals career.[38][39] Pujols hit his 30th home run and 100th RBI of the season in a 5-4 loss to the Cincinnati Reds in August, making him the sixth Cardinal to have back-to-back 30-home-run seasons and the second Cardinal (the other was Ray Jablonski) to start his career with back-to-back 100-RBI seasons.[15][40] The following month, Pujols hit a game-winning two-run single against Pete Munro in a 9-3 victory over the Houston Astros that gave the Cardinals the NL Central title.[41] Pujols finished the year batting .314 (seventh in the NL) with 185 hits (tied for fourth in the NL), 40 doubles (eighth in the NL), 34 home runs (10th in the NL), 118 runs scored (second in the NL to Sosa's 122) and 127 RBI (second in the NL).[42] He became the first player in major league history to hit over .300 with at least 30 home runs, 100 runs scored and 100 RBI in his first two seasons. Pujols finished second in MVP voting to Bonds, becoming the first Cardinal since Stan Musial to finish in the top four in MVP voting for consecutive seasons.[15] At the end of the 2002 season, Chris Haft of called him "an outstanding hitter."[43]

Pujols's contributions helped the Cardinals finish third in home runs and second in batting average and RBI; the Cardinals' pitching staff also finished fourth in ERA.[44] The Cardinals again reached the playoffs, and Pujols had three hits and three RBI in a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks in the 2002 NLDS. The team advanced to the 2002 NL Championship Series (NLCS), but lost in five games to the San Francisco Giants. Pujols had five hits, one home run and two RBI in the series.[45]

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Pujols at the 2006 All-Star Game

Five Cardinals were named to the All-Star Game in 2003 while Pujols led the NL in votes.[46] It was the first of eight straight seasons that Pujols would reach the All-Star Game.[47] From July 12 to August 16, Pujols had a 30-game hitting streak, tied for the second-longest in Cardinals' history with Musial and behind only Rogers Hornsby's 33-game streak.[48][49] On July 20, Pujols hit his 100th career home run, a game-winner in a 10-7 victory over the Dodgers. He became the fourth major leaguer to hit his 100th home run in his third season, along with Ralph Kiner, Eddie Mathews and Joe DiMaggio.[50] Pujols hit his 114th home run on September 20 in a game against the Astros, which tied him with Kiner for most home runs by a player in his first three seasons.[51]

In 157 games, Pujols hit 43 home runs (fourth in the league, behind Jim Thome, Richie Sexson and Bonds) and had 124 RBI (tied with Sexson for fourth and behind Preston Wilson, Gary Sheffield and Thome).[52] He became the youngest player since Tommy Davis in 1962 to win the NL batting title after batting .359, and he led the league in runs (137), hits (212) and doubles (51).[15][52][53] Pujols joined Rogers Hornsby as the only players in Cardinals' history to record more than 40 homers and 200 hits in the same season.[15] Though his stellar play had Cardinals' fans chanting "M-V-P!" during home games as early as June, Pujols again finished second to Bonds in MVP voting.[54] He won his second Silver Slugger Award[55] and first Sporting News Player of the Year Award.[49] Pujols' contributions helped the Cardinals rank second in batting average and third in home runs in the NL; however, the pitching staff posted a 4.60 ERA, which was below the league average, and the Cardinals missed the playoffs.[56]

New contract (2004-2005)

After receiving many awards in his first three seasons, Pujols was rewarded monetarily for his accomplishments on February 20, 2004, when he signed a seven-year, $100 million contract extension with a $16 million club option for 2011 with no-trade provisions.[57] He was moved to first base in 2004 after the Cardinals traded Tino Martinez in the offseason.[58][59] On June 16, he hit a walk-off home run against Reds pitcher Mike Matthews in the 10th inning of a 4-3 victory.[60]

Pujols's highlights later in the season included a July game in which he hit five RBI and three home runs, and another in which he broke up a no-hitter by Giants pitcher Dustin Hermanson.[61][62] During a September game against the Rockies, he earned his 500th RBI, joining DiMaggio and Ted Williams as the only players to have 500 RBI in their first four seasons. He said he was confident there was going to be "a lot more."[63] Although Pujols was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis during the second half of the season, he finished the season with a .331 average (fifth in the league), 196 hits (fifth), 51 doubles (second to Lyle Overbay's 53), 46 home runs (tied with Adam Dunn for second behind Adrián Beltré's 48) and 123 RBI (third, behind Vinny Castilla's 131 and Scott Rolen's 124) in 154 games.[15] He also led the league in runs scored, with 133.[64] He finished third in MVP voting (behind Bonds and Beltré), joining Musial as the only Cardinals to finish in the top five in voting for at least four years in a row.[65] He won the Silver Slugger Award at first base, the third position he won the award at.[66] Pujols, along with teammates Edmonds and Rolen, earned the nickname "MV3" for their phenomenal seasons; Pujols led the three in home runs and batting average.[67]

The Cardinals won the NL Central, aided by the MVP and pitcher Chris Carpenter, who won 15 games and had a 3.46 ERA his first season with the team.[68][69] In Game 4 of the NLDS against the Dodgers, Pujols hit a three-run home run against Wilson Álvarez and had four RBI as the Cardinals won, 6-2, and took the series three games to one.[70] In Game 6 of the NLCS, Pujols had three hits, scored three runs (including the winning run), and hit a two-run home run off Munro in a 12-inning, 6-4 victory.[71] The Cardinals won the series in seven games, advancing to the World Series for the first time since 1987. Pujols was named the NLCS MVP after batting .500 with four home runs and nine RBI.[72] He was one of three Cardinals to bat over .250 in the series against the Boston Red Sox (after batting .333) as the Cardinals were swept by Boston in four games.[73]

By 2005, many baseball fans thought that Pujols was the best Cardinal since Musial.[74] Pujols picked up his 100th RBI of the season on August 31, joining Williams, DiMaggio and Al Simmons as the only players with 100 RBI in their first five seasons.[75] Pujols hit his 200th career home run in a game against the Reds on September 30, making him the third-youngest major league player to reach that milestone (behind Mel Ott and Eddie Mathews) and the second-fastest to reach it (behind Kiner).[76] In 161 games, Pujols batted .330 (second to Derrek Lee's .335 average) with 195 hits (fourth behind Lee, Miguel Cabrera and Jimmy Rollins), 38 doubles, 41 home runs (third, behind Andruw Jones's 51 and Lee's 46), 117 RBI (tied with Burrell for second behind Jones's 128) and 129 runs scored (first in the league).[77] For the first time in his career, he won the NL MVP award as Bonds was limited to 14 games due to an injury.[78]

Pujols returned to the playoffs as the Cardinals won the NL Central for the second year in a row.[79] He had five hits in nine at-bats with four runs scored and two RBI in the NLDS as the Cardinals swept the Padres.[15] In Game 5 of the NLCS against the Astros, with the Cardinals trailing by two runs and only one out from elimination in the ninth inning, Pujols hit a game-winning three-run home run against Brad Lidge that landed on the train tracks in the back of Minute Maid Park. The Cardinals won 5-4.[80] writer Matthew Leach later called it "one of the most famous playoff home runs in recent years."[81] Nevertheless, the Cardinals were eliminated in Game 6 by the Astros. Pujols batted .304 with two home runs and six RBI in the series.[45]

Continued success and first World Series (2006-2008)

Pujols in 2006

Over two games in April 2006, Pujols hit home runs in four consecutive plate appearances, making him the 20th player to accomplish the feat. Pujols maintained after the game that he was more concerned with winning than the numbers: "I don't look at numbers," he said. "I don't know. I didn't know anything about [the record] until you guys brought it up. Because that's not me. I don't get locked in on numbers. I don't get locked in on anything like that. I get locked in on seeing the ball and helping my team out to win and hopefully doing some damage out there."[82]

Pujols had three hits and four RBI, including his 1,000th career hit (a home run against Jerome Williams), as the Cardinals defeated the Cubs 9-3 on April 21, 2006.[83] On June 4, he was placed on the disabled list (DL) for the first time in his career with a strained right oblique that kept him out for three weeks.[84][85]

On August 22, Pujols hit a three-run home run and a grand slam against John Maine in an 8-7 loss to the Mets.[86] On September 28, with the Cardinals trailing 2-1 to the Padres in the eighth inning, he hit a game-winning three-run home run against Cla Meredith, helping the Cardinals win 4-2 and end a seven-game losing streak. The win preserved the Cardinals' 1.5 game division lead; La Russa said afterward that it was "the most huge of the huge ones he's hit."[87]

Pujols finished the season with a .331 average (third to Freddy Sanchez's .344 and Cabrera's .339), 177 hits, 33 doubles, 49 home runs (second to Ryan Howard's 58), 137 RBI (second to Howard, 149) and 119 runs scored (tied with Matt Holliday, Hanley Ramírez, and Alfonso Soriano for fifth).[15][88] Of his 49 home runs, 20 accounted for a game-winning RBI, breaking Willie Mays' single-season record set in 1962.[89][90] He finished second to Howard in MVP voting and won the NL Gold Glove Award for first base.[91] He won his first of four consecutive Fielding Bible Awards for the first base position.[92]

Led by Pujols and Carpenter, the Cardinals won the NL Central and reached the playoffs for the third year in a row.[81] In Game 1 of the NLDS against the Padres, he hit a game-winning two-run home run against Jake Peavy as the Cardinals won 5-1.[93] He had a game-winning RBI against David Wells and had three hits in Game 2 as the Cardinals won 2-0.[94] He batted .333 with a home run and an RBI in the series as the Cardinals defeated the Padres in four games.[45] In Game 2 of the NLCS against the Mets, Pujols scored three runs as the Cardinals won 9-6.[95] He batted .318 with one home run and one RBI in the series as the Cardinals defeated the Mets in seven games.[45]

In Game 1 of the World Series against the Detroit Tigers, he hit a game-winning two-run home run against Justin Verlander as the Cardinals won 4-2.[96] In Game 5, he made a sprawling, flip-from-his-back play to rob Plácido Polanco of a hit as the Cardinals clinched the series giving Pujols his first career World Series ring.[97]

Near the beginning of the 2007 season in an April 22 game against the Cubs, Pujols hit a game-winning three-run home run against Ryan Dempster in the 10th inning of a 12-9 victory, tying Ken Boyer for second all-time on the Cardinals' home run list with his 255th.[98] Pujols finished the season with 185 hits, 38 doubles and 103 RBI (a career-low). He was among the league leaders in batting average (.327, sixth) and home runs (32, tied with Carlos Lee and Chris Young) for 10.[99] He scored 99 runs, ending his streak of seasons with at least 30 home runs, a .300 average, 100 runs scored and 100 RBI, at six.[15] He finished ninth in MVP voting, the first year he had finished outside the top five in his career.[100]

Pujols began 2008 by reaching base in 42 straight games, the longest streak to open a season since Derek Jeter reached base in the first 53 games of 1999.[15] On June 11, he was placed on the DL with a strained left calf muscle.[101] Although he was expected to miss three weeks, he was activated from the DL on June 26.[102] Pujols hit his 300th home run against Bob Howry on July 4 in a 2-1 loss to the Cubs. He said after the game that to him it was "just another homer that goes out of the park. I'm happy to do it in front of our fans--they were waiting for it."[103]

On September 11, in a 3-2 loss to the Cubs, Pujols hit his 100th RBI of the season against Rich Harden, making him the third player in major league history to start his career with eight seasons of at least 100 RBI (along with Simmons and Williams). He regretted that the milestone came in a loss, saying, "I wish it would have come with a great win. It would have been more special."[104] In 148 games in 2008, Pujols batted .357 (second to Chipper Jones's .364 average) with 187 hits (third, behind Reyes's 204 and David Wright's 189), 44 doubles (tied with Stephen Drew and Aramis Ramírez for fourth in the league behind Berkman and Nate McLouth's 46 and Corey Hart's 45), 37 home runs (tied with Ryan Braun and Ryan Ludwick for fourth in the league behind Howard's 48, Dunn's 40, and Delgado's 38), 116 RBI (fourth, behind Howard's 146, Wrights 124 and Adrian Gonzalez's 119) and 100 runs scored.[105] Pujols won his second NL MVP Award, and he won the Silver Slugger Award for the fourth time in his career.[106][107] He was named The Sporting News Player of the Year for the second time in his career.[108] For his work off the field, he was named the 2008 winner of the Roberto Clemente Award.[109] He considered having Tommy John surgery after the season but underwent nerve transposition surgery on his right elbow instead to ease discomfort.[110][111]

Later career and second World Series (2009-2011)

Pujols participating in the 2009 Home Run Derby

On April 25, 2009, Pujols picked up his 1,000th career RBI with a 441-foot grand slam against David Patton in an 8-2 victory over the Cubs. "I hit that ball as good as I can hit a ball," he said after the game.[112] On July 3, he hit his 10th career grand slam against Weathers in a 7-4 victory over the Reds, breaking Musial's record for most grand slams by a Cardinal. The grand slam was also his 350th career home run, making him the third-fastest player to reach the milestone, behind Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey, Jr..[113] He received the highest number of votes in NL history for the All-Star Game that year.[114]

Pujols had four hits, three runs scored and five RBI on August 4, including a grand slam against Sean Green which tied the NL record for most grand slams in a season (five), in a 10-inning, 12-7 victory over the Mets.[115] In 160 games, Pujols batted .327 (third, behind Ramírez's .342 and Pablo Sandoval's .330) with 186 hits (sixth), 45 doubles (second to Miguel Tejada's 46), 47 home runs (first), 135 RBI (third behind Fielder and Howard's 141) and 124 runs scored (first).[116] He was unanimously named the NL MVP for the third time, tying Musial as the Cardinals' leader in that category.[117] For the fifth time in his career, he won the Silver Slugger Award.[118] He won the Sporting News MLB Player of the Year award for the second consecutive year, joining Williams and Joe Morgan as the only players to win it in back-to-back years.[119] For the fourth year in a row, he won the Fielding Bible Award for first base.

Aided by the mid-season acquisition of Matt Holliday (who replaced Ryan Ludwick as the cleanup hitter) and the emergence of Adam Wainwright (who led the NL in wins), the Cardinals returned to the playoffs after a two-year hiatus.[120][121][122] In the NLDS against the Dodgers, Pujols batted .300 with one RBI as the Cardinals were swept in three games.[45] Following the postseason, Pujols had surgery to remove five bone spurs from his right elbow. The Cardinals called the surgery a "success," and Dr. James Andrews decided that Pujols did not need Tommy John surgery at that time.[123][124]

For April 2010, Pujols earned his first Pepsi Clutch Performer of the Month Award. He batted .348, 1.270 OPS, three home runs and 14 RBI with runners on base. Further, in situations with his team leading by one run, tied, or having the potential tying run on base, at bat, or on deck after the seventh inning ("late-and-close"), he batted .583 (7-for-12) with a home run, two doubles, three RBI and five runs scored.[125]

On June 29, 2010, in an 8-0 victory over the Diamondbacks, Pujols hit five RBI and hit two home runs against Dontrelle Willis for his 37th career multihomer game, which tied Musial's franchise record for multihomer games. "It's pretty special," he said of tying Musial. "I'm blessed to have the opportunity to be compared sometimes with him."[126]

On August 26, he hit his 400th career home run against Jordan Zimmermann in a 13-inning, 11-10 loss to the Nationals. He became the third-youngest player to reach the milestone--behind Griffey, Jr. and Rodriguez--and he became the fourth-quickest player by at bats to reach the milestone (behind McGwire, Babe Ruth, Harmon Killebrew, and Thome).[127] On September 11, in a 12-inning 6-3 loss to Atlanta, Pujols had three RBI and reached 100 RBI for the 10th consecutive year with a two-run double against Tommy Hanson. Only Simmons has a longer streak of 100 RBI seasons at the beginning of a career, with 11. Pujols joined Jimmie Foxx, Lou Gehrig, and Rodriguez in having 10 consecutive seasons of 100 or more RBI at any time in their career. Foxx and Rodriguez are the only two players besides Pujols to have 10 consecutive years of 30 home runs and 100 RBI.[128] The next day, in a 7-3 victory over the Braves, he passed Musial to be the all-time Cardinals' leader in multi-home run games when he hit two home runs against Tim Hudson for the 38th time in a game.[129]

In 159 games, Pujols batted .312 (sixth) with 183 hits (fifth) and 39 doubles (tied for eighth with Marlon Byrd); he led the league in runs scored (115), home runs (42) and RBI (118).[130] He won his second Gold Glove Award for first base,[131] and he won the NL First Base Silver Slugger Award for the sixth time.[132] He finished second in the NL MVP voting to Joey Votto, who said he was "shocked" that Pujols only got one first-place vote.[133]

Pujols during the 2011 World Series parade

Pujols and the Cardinals set a deadline for the start of 2011 spring training for contract extension negotiations[134] but failed to reach an agreement.[135] After Pujols struggled in his first 30 games of the season in batting .231,[136] he batted .316 with 30 home runs in his final 117 games.[137] Against the Cubs, he hit consecutive extra-inning walk-off home runs on June 4 and 5 for the first time since Albert Belle in 1995. Carpenter noted after the game that Pujols' slump earlier in the year was over: "He continues to do great things, there's no doubt about it," he said. "The things that he's done the last few days have been just like the old Albert."[138]

On June 19 against the Royals, Wilson Betemit collided with Pujols, inducing a small fracture his left wrist and keeping him inactive until July 5.[139][140] On July 30, in a 9-2 victory over the Cubs, he got his 2,000th career hit against Carlos Mármol, becoming the fifth Cardinal to reach 2,000 hits and 12th-fastest major leaguer by games to reach the milestone.[141] In the Cardinals' final game of the season, against the Astros on September 28, he had the game-winning RBI against Brett Myers in the 8-0 victory, helping the Cardinals overcome a 10.5-game deficit to Atlanta to win the Wild Card.[142] Pujols finished the season with 173 hits (tied for ninth with Aramis Ramírez), 29 doubles (a career-low), and 105 runs scored (tied for third with Justin Upton behind Ryan Braun's 109 and Matt Kemp's 115).[15][143] He saw his streak of seasons batting at least .300 with 30 home runs and 100 RBI snapped when he hit 37 home runs (third, behind Fielder's 38 and Kemp's 39), but batted .299 with 99 RBI (seventh); however, only three other players in the major leagues matched him in those categories (José Bautista, Fielder, and Kemp), causing Tyler Kepner of The New York Times to write, "Even when Pujols struggles, he excels."[143][144] He was fifth in MVP voting.[145]

In Game 2 of the NLDS against the Phillies on October 2, Pujols had a game-winning RBI single against Cliff Lee in the 5-4 victory.[146] He batted .350 with one RBI in the series as the Cardinals defeated the Phillies in five games.[45] In Game 2 of the NLCS against the Brewers, he had four hits, three runs scored, one home run and five RBI, in a 12-3 victory.[147] He batted .478 with two home runs and nine RBI in the series as the Cardinals defeated the Brewers in six games.[45]

On October 22, in Game 3 of the World Series, Pujols became the first player to get at least four hits, two home runs and five RBI in a World Series game in a 16-7 victory over the Rangers. Pujols had five hits, three home runs, four runs scored and six RBI in the game. He joined Babe Ruth and Reggie Jackson as the only players in baseball history to hit three home runs in a World Series game (Pablo Sandoval would also accomplish the feat the following year), became the first player in series history to have hits in four consecutive innings, and tied records for most hits and most RBI in a World Series game.[148][149][150] He had one hit and no RBI the other six games of the series but became a World Series champion for the second time as the Cardinals defeated the Rangers in seven games.[45] After the season, he became a free agent for the first time in his career.[151]

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim / Los Angeles Angels (2012-present)

Albert Pujols on April 14, 2012

Three teams were reported to be interested in Pujols during the offseason: the Cardinals, the Miami Marlins, and the Los Angeles Angels. The Cardinals offered Pujols a 10-year, $210 million deal (with $30 million deferred), but Pujols rejected it. His wife explained on a radio talk show that they were "insulted" and "confused" that the Cardinals had initially offered Pujols a five-year deal.[152] The Marlins reportedly offered Pujols a 10-year contract too, but on December 8, he signed a 10-year deal with the Angels worth around $254 million.[153][154][155] The contract offered by the Marlins was reportedly around the value as that offered by the Angels. However, the Marlins refused to include a no trade clause in the contract.


Pujols did not perform very well to begin the 2012 season, batting .217 with no home runs and four RBI in the month of April.[156] Soon after the Angels called up top prospect Mike Trout and fired hitting coach Mickey Hatcher, Pujols's numbers began to rise, as he batted .323 with 13 home runs from May 15 through the All-Star Break.[157][158][159][160] On July 31, he hit two home runs against Derek Holland in a 6-2 victory over the Rangers. After the game, Holland observed that Pujols had ended his early-season struggles: "He's definitely turned it around, no doubt about it," he said. "He is what he is. He had a slow start, but he's picked it up. He's a great hitter. He and Trout are doing a great job picking [the Angels] up."[161] On August 14, Pujols had four RBI, including a game-winning three-run home run against Ubaldo Jiménez in a 9-6 victory over the Cleveland Indians.[162] In 153 games, Pujols batted .285 with 173 hits, 50 doubles (second to Alex Gordon's 51), 30 home runs, 105 RBI (7th in AL), and 85 runs scored.[163]


On August 19, 2013, Pujols was ruled out for the remainder of the 2013 season after suffering a foot injury. Pujols had by far the worst season of his career in 2013, failing to play at least 100 games for the first time in his career. Pujols also posted career worsts in hits, runs scored, doubles, home runs, RBI, walks, batting average, on base percentage, slugging percentage, and OPS. Overall in 99 games, Pujols batted .258 with 101 hits, 19 doubles, 17 home runs, 64 RBI, and 49 runs scored.

In August 2013, former Cardinals player Jack Clark accused Pujols of using performance-enhancing drugs on his radio show on WGNU in St. Louis. Clark served as the Cardinals' hitting coach during the early part of Pujols's tenure in St. Louis. On the morning of August 9, Pujols issued a statement adamantly denying that he had ever taken PEDs. He denounced Clark's allegations as "irresponsible and reckless" and threatened to sue Clark and WGNU over the allegations.[164] Partly due to legal threats from Pujols, InsideSTL Enterprises, which owns WGNU's weekday airtime under a time brokerage agreement, cut ties with Clark.[165][166][167][168] On October 4, 2013, Pujols filed a defamation lawsuit against Clark.[169] In response on October 14, Clark challenged Pujols to both take polygraph tests to resolve who is telling the truth.[170] However, on February 10, 2014, Clark apologized and retracted his accusations against Pujols, saying he had "no knowledge whatsoever" that Pujols ever used PEDs. "During a heated discussion on air, I misspoke," Clark said. In return, Pujols dropped the suit.[171]


On April 22, 2014, Pujols hit his 499th and 500th home run of his career off of Taylor Jordan in a game versus the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Pujols became the 26th player ever to reach the 500 home run mark, as well as the third youngest to reach it. He also became the first player to hit career home runs 499 and 500 in the same game. Nationals Park is the same ballpark where he hit his 400th career home run in the 2010 season.[172] Participating in the longest game of the year in MLB, and the longest in the history of Angel Stadium, Pujols ended a 19-inning, 6:31 contest against the Red Sox with a solo home run for a 5-4 final score. It was also his first walk-off home run as an Angel and first since June 2011.[173] On September 6, 2014 against the Minnesota Twins, Pujols collected his 2,500th career hit, a two-run go-ahead double off of Jared Burton in the 9th inning. He also passed the 1,500 run mark in the same game. In the process, he became the fifth player in major league history with 2,500 hits and 500 home runs while maintaining a .310 lifetime batting average (the others are Babe Ruth, Jimmie Foxx, Ted Williams, and Manny Ramirez).[174] Pujols leads all active players in doubles, with 561.

After the season, Pujols traveled to Japan to join a team of MLB All-Stars playing against All-Stars of Nippon Professional Baseball in the 2014 Major League Baseball Japan All-Star Series.[175]


Before the 2015 season, Pujols enjoyed his first offseason in his time with the Angels in which he was either free of injury or recuperation from injury. However, his offensive production lagged behind his career levels the first month of the season. By the end of April, Pujols was batting .208 with three home runs and nine RBI in 86 plate appearances. While it was suggested that this was because of older age, or his recent poor health while with the Angels, it seemed to be simply due to bad luck. The next month, Pujols' offensive production had started to come around. Between May 28, 2015 and June 22, 2015, he batted .356 with 15 homers, 30 RBI and 1.326 OPS. At this time, he was leading the American League in home runs with 23, and was on pace to hit more than 50.[176]

After batting .303, .395 OBP, .737 SLG and 13 home runs in June 2015, Pujols was named AL Player of the Month for the first time and seventh overall monthly award. His home run total led the major leagues and 73 total bases tied Manny Machado for first in the AL. Remarkably, his batting average on balls in play was .218, significantly lower than the league average of about .300.[177]

Selected to the 2015 All Star Game, Pujols was announced as a reserve for the American League. Due to an injury just days earlier with Tigers slugger Miguel Cabrera, Pujols instead started at first base. It was his 10th overall selection to the midsummer classic, and first as a member of the Los Angeles Angels.[178]

On September 22, 2015, Pujols hit his 556th career home run to pass Ramírez for sole possession of 14th place on the all-time career home run leaderboard.[179] In the last game of the season, on October 4, Pujols hit his 40th home run, the seventh time he had done so in a season. Among active MLB players, it trailed only Alex Rodriguez, with eight. With Trout also hitting 40 home runs, the 2015 Angels became just the 31st team in MLB history with multiple players to hit 40+ home runs in a season.[180]


On April 25, 2016, Pujols hit his 564th career home run, passing Reggie Jackson for 13th on the all-time list.[181] On April 30, Pujols became the 85th player to make 10,000 career plate appearances.[182] On May 2, Pujols became the 20th player all-time to amass 5,000 career total bases. In a contest against the Astros on May 27, Pujols hit his 570th career home run, passing Rafael Palmeiro for 12th on the all-time list.[183] On June 25, Pujols hit his 574th career home run, passing Harmon Killebrew for 11th all-time.[184] On August 17, Pujols joined Barry Bonds as the only other player to be intentionally walked over 300 times. While playing the Toronto Blue Jays on August 24, Pujols hit his 584th career home run passing Mark McGwire for 10th on the all-time home run list.[185] The next day, also against Toronto, he reached 100 RBI for the 13th time in his career, the fifth player to do so.[186]

While playing Cincinnati on August 29, Pujols hit his 26th home run and 103rd RBI of the season. The home run tied him with Frank Robinson for ninth place all-time at 586, and allowed him to become the seventh player all-time with 1,200 career extra base hits, and the 21st to reach 1,800 RBI.[187]

On September 16, 2016, Pujols became the 16th player all-time to reach 600 career doubles.[188]


On June 3, 2017, Pujols became the ninth player in Major League history to hit at least 600 home runs, when he hit a grand slam against the Minnesota Twins.[189] He was the fourth-youngest player to achieve the feat (behind Alex Rodriguez, Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron), and the first to hit a grand slam for his 600th home run.[189]

On August 10, Pujols became the 37th player all-time to amass 11,000 career plate appearances. Pujols played in 149 games and had 593 at bats but set career-lows in batting average (.241), on base percentage (.286), slugging percentage (.386), doubles (17) and walks (37), while leading the league by grounding into 26 double plays.[190]


On May 4, Albert Pujols recorded his 3,000th major league hit, recording it against Mike Leake of the Seattle Mariners.[191][8]

On June 10, Pujols surpassed Stan Musial's career RBI total of 1951, moving into seventh place all-time for that category. On June 18, Pujols became the 29th player all-time to amass 10,000 career at-bats.

On July 12, Pujols hit his 630th career home run, moving into a tie with Ken Griffey Jr. for sixth place all-time for that category. The next day on July 13, Pujols was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to left knee inflammation.[192]

Playing style

Pujols's swing has been praised for its consistency. "It's the same swing every time," former teammate Lance Berkman once said.[193] "He has the ability to repeat his swing over and over and over, which leads to him being very consistent," Cardinals' video coordinator Chad Blair said. Sports Illustrated writer Daniel G. Habib described the swing as "quick" and "quiet." Pujols uses a 32.5-ounce bat against right-handed pitchers, but he uses a 33-ounce bat against left-handers to avoid trying to pull the ball when he swings.[194] Defensively, Pujols has won two Gold Glove Awards since moving to first base in 2004.[131] He has credited his hitting ability partly to guessing what pitchers will do:

I can tell right away from the first pitch if they're going to pitch to me or not with men on base. I need to be aggressive and make sure I look for my pitch and be ready. If it's there, be ready to swing. If it's not there, take it. There's just something there in my mind and you know right away the situation will dictate the situation you're in.

-- The New York Times: May 31, 2009[195]

Personal life

Pujols at Glenn Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally

Pujols married his wife, Deidre, on January 1, 2000.[196] They have five children: Isabella (Deidre's daughter from a previous relationship), Albert, Jr., Sophia, Ezra and Esther Grace.[197] During the offseason, they live in St. Louis.[198] Albert and his wife are supporters of people with Down syndrome, a condition Isabella was born with.[199] In 2007, Pujols became a U.S. citizen,[200] scoring a perfect 100 on his citizenship test.[201]

Pujols is close friends with third baseman Plácido Polanco, a former teammate with the Cardinals. Polanco has called Pujols his "closest friend in baseball," and Pujols is the godfather to Polanco's son, Ishmael.[202] Pujols is also friends with Robinson Canó, who selected Mark Trumbo for the 2012 Home Run Derby after Pujols asked him to.[203]

In 2009, Pujols donated money to the Mike Coolbaugh Memorial Tournament, allowing the event to occur after a sponsor backed out.[204] On August 28, 2010, Pujols and La Russa attended Glenn Beck's Restoring Honor rally in Washington, D.C., after being assured by Beck that the rally was not political. During the rally, Pujols was presented with a medal for his off-the-field efforts.[205][206]

Business ventures

In 2006, Pujols and the Hanon family opened Pujols 5 Westport Grill, a restaurant located in Westport Plaza of Maryland Heights, Missouri.[207] A 10-foot, 1,100-lb. statue of Pujols was dedicated on November 2, 2011, outside the restaurant. An anonymous donor commissioned sculptor Harry Weber to create the statue, which belongs to the Pujols Family Foundation.[208][209] After Pujols signed with the Angels, the restaurant was renamed the St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame Grill.[210]

In 2008, Pujols teamed up with St. Louis Soccer United, a group looking to bring a Major League Soccer (MLS) franchise to the St. Louis area.[211] However, the group's bid for a franchise was unsuccessful, and a USL team (Saint Louis FC) was formed .[212]


Pujols and his wife are Christians. He became a Christian on November 13, 1998, influenced in part by Deidre and his grandmother.[213][214] One of his writings on his family's foundation's website states, "In the Pujols family, God is first. Everything else is a distant second." He writes,

My life's goal is to bring glory to Jesus. My life is not mostly dedicated to the Lord, it is 100% committed to Jesus Christ and His will. God has given me the ability to succeed in the game of baseball. But baseball is not the end; baseball is the means by which my wife, Dee Dee, and I glorify God. Baseball is simply my platform to elevate Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior.[215]

During his tenure with the Cardinals, Pujols and his family attended West County Community Church, a Southern Baptist church in Wildwood, Missouri.[214]

Pujols Family Foundation

In 2005, Albert and Deidre Pujols launched the Pujols Family Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to their "commitment to faith, family and others." The organization promotes awareness of Down syndrome and works to support those who have it and their families, aids the poor in the Dominican Republic, and supports people with disabilities and/or life-threatening illnesses.[216] Among other activities, the foundation hosts events for people with Down syndrome. The foundation gave the Down Syndrome Association of Greater St. Louis the resources to open an office and hire staff.[199] In 2009, the Albert Pujols Wellness Center for Adults with Down Syndrome opened in Chesterfield, Missouri;[217] Pujols was present at the opening on November 18.[218]

Pujols has taken several trips to the Dominican Republic, by taking supplies as well as a team of doctors and dentists to the poor who need medical care. The Pujols Family Foundation also holds an annual golf tournament to raise money to send dentists to the Dominican Republic.[219]


Although Pujols' listed birth date was 1980, there have been critics who speculate that he is older than his listed age. One particular statement cited as evidence was his statement in 2018 in an interview over hitting a home run off Octavio Dotel when he around 12-13 years old, ending the story by saying to end the story, "And we go back, you know, 28 years later, and here I am.", which would make him 40 instead of his stated age of 38. [220][221][222]


A man wearing a uniform that shows two cardinals sitting on a baseball bat
Pujols is among the top 10 players all-time in three categories

Through 2017, Pujols ranked in the top 10 players in major league history in three statistical categories: total bases (10th), home runs (seventh) and runs batted in (10th).[223][224][225] At the end of the 2017 season, he ranked among active players eighth in batting average (.305),[226] second in slugging percentage (.561),[227] and fourth in on-base plus slugging (.947).[228] Through 2017, he ranked first among active players in doubles, home runs, RBI and runs scored.[229][230][231][232] He also holds the all-time record for Grounding Into a Double Play with 363.[233] Pujols has a .994 fielding percentage at first base through 2017, and he set the major league single-season record for assists with 185 in 2009.[15][234]

Pujols is in the top 10 in several Cardinals' statistics. He is second to Musial in doubles (455), home runs (445) and RBI (1,329). He is seventh in games (1,705), seventh in batting average (.328), third in runs scored (1,291, behind Musial and Lou Brock), and fourth in hits (2,073, behind Musial, Brock and Hornsby). He also is in the top 10 in several single-season Cardinals' records. His 137 runs scored in 2003 are tied for seventh with Tommy McCarthy, his 51 doubles in 2003 and 2004 are tied with Musial for sixth, he holds five of the top 10 Cardinals' home run totals, and his 137 RBI in 2006 are tied for seventh with Jim Bottomley, Johnny Mize and Joe Torre.[235]

Pujols has earned praise from many of his fellow players and coaches. In 2008, he was named the most feared hitter in baseball in a poll of all 30 MLB managers.[236] La Russa has called him "the best player I've ever managed."[237] Votto referred to him as "one of the greatest hitters of all time."[238]Larry Walker called him "a great hitter,"[70] and Brendan Ryan said, "He's the best there is."[239]Fernando Viña said, while Pujols was with the Cardinals, "He's the face of the Cardinals."[24]

Awards and honors

Awards received
Name of award Times Dates Ref
Baseball America Major League Player of the Year 1 2005
ESPY Award for Best International Athlete 2 2005, 2006
ESPY Award for Best MLB Player 4 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010 [240]
Fielding Bible Award at first base 5 2006-09, 2011 [92][241]
GIBBY/This Year in Baseball Awards for Hitter of the Year 2 2003, 2008 [242]
Hank Aaron Award 2 2003, 2009 [243][244]
Heart and Hustle Award 1 2009
League Championship Series Most Valuable Player 1 2004 [72]
MLB All-Star 10 2001, 2003-10, 2015 [15][46][245][246][247]
MLB Player of the Month 7 May 2003, June 2003, April 2006, April 2009,
June 2009, August 2010, June 2015
MLB Player of the Week 12 Sep. 22, 2001 (with José Mesa);
Jul. 7, 2002; May 4, 2003;
Jun. 5, 2005 (with Nick Johnson);
May 14, 2006 (with Nomar Garciaparra);
Jul. 15, 2007; Aug. 24, 2008;
Sep. 28, 2008; Apr. 26, 2009;
Jun. 21, 2009; Jun. 5, 2011;
Aug. 5, 2012
National League Most Valuable Player 3 2005, 2008, 2009 [78][106][117]
National League Rookie of the Year 1 2001 [32]
Pacific Coast League Postseason Most Valuable Player 1 2000 [12]
Pepsi Clutch Performer of the Month 1 April 2010 [125]
Players Choice Award for Major League Player of the Year 3 2003, 2008, 2009 [266][267][268]
Players Choice Award for Marvin Miller Man of the Year 1 2006 [269]
Players Choice Award for National League Outstanding Player 3 2003, 2008, 2009 [266][270][268]
Rawlings Gold Glove Award at first base 2 2006, 2010 [91][131]
Roberto Clemente Award 1 2008 [109]
Silver Slugger Award 6 at 3B: 2001; at OF: 2003; at 1B: 2004, 2008-10 [15][55][66][107][118][132]
The Sporting News Player of the Decade 1 2000-09 [271][272]
The Sporting News Player of the Year 3 2003, 2008, 2009 [49][108][119]
Sports Illustrated Player of the Decade 1 2000-09 [273][274]
National League statistical leader
Category Times Seasons
Batting champion 1 2003
Doubles leader 1 2003
Extra base hits leader 4 2003, 2004, 2009, 2010
Hits leader 1 2003
Home run leader 2 2009, 2010
On-base percentage leader 1 2009
On-base plus slugging leader 3 2006, 2008, 2009
OPS+ leader 4 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010
Runs batted in leader 1 2010
Runs scored leader 5 2003-05, 2009, 2010
Slugging percentage leader 3 2006, 2008, 2009
Total Bases leader 4 2003, 2004, 2008, 2009
Grounded Into Double Play leader 4 2007, 2011, 2014, 2017

Notes: Through 2017 season. Per

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